The Fall - The Infotainment Scan - Review
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critics' view

While 'Paranoia Man' had confused me, 'Light' / 'Fireworks' made me wonder if I was listening to the same album. Perhaps somewhere between the original owner's purchase and it arriving with me someone had hilariously taped themselves spinning the record backwards, or a Fall TV appearance through a karaoke microphone. There was the faint sound of Smith in the background - amidst distant, indiscernible clattering - followed by what I assumed to be somebody spinning the record really fast, still taping the result. It was only when I eventually came to own a vinyl copy that I realised this track actually existed pretty much like that. I'm still glad it confused me so much, I think if getting into The Fall was going to be as easy as it first seemed the eventual rewards would not have been as great.

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